Judge Christine Baroness VAN DEN WYNGAERT (Belgium)

Judge Christine VAN DEN WYNGAERTJudge as of 11 March 2009, for a term of nine years. Assigned to the Trial Division. Elected from the Western European and Others Group of States, list A.

Judge Van den Wyngaert (1952) graduated from Brussels University in 1974 and obtained a PhD in International Criminal Law in 1979. She was a professor of law at the University of Antwerp (1985 - 2005) where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative criminal law and international criminal law. She authored numerous publications in all these fields. She was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (Centre for European Legal Studies (1994 - 1996), Research Centre for International Law (1996 ‑1997)) and a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her merits as an academic were recognised in the form of a Doctorate Honoris Causa, awarded by the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2001). In 2010, she was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Brussels, Belgium. In 2013, she received two further a Doctorates Honoris Causa, one from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio) and one from Maastricht University (The Netherlands). 

She was an expert for the two major scientific organisations in her field, the International Law Association and the International Association of Penal Law. She was an observer of the Human Rights League at the trial of Helen Passtoors in Johannesburg in 1986 and made human rights a focal point in her teachings and writings throughout her career. In 2006, she was awarded the Prize of the Human Rights League.

Judge Van den Wyngaert gained expertise in various governmental organisations. She was a member of the Criminal Procedure Reform Commission in Belgium (Commission Franchimont) (1991 - 1998) and served as an expert for the European Union in various criminal law projects. She has extensive international judicial experience. She served in the International Court of Justice as an ad hoc judge in the Arrest Warrant Case (2000 - 2002) and was elected as a judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where she served for more than five years (2003 2009).

In 2013, the Flemish Government awarded her a golden medal for her achievements in international criminal law.